ST PETERSBURG — Brazil got two goals in injury-time to give them a deserved 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a tense World Cup Group E encounter on Friday.
However the performance was arguably tainted by an outrageous dive from Neymar, who flung himself to the ground after minimal contact from Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez in the 77th minute.
Philippe Coutinho stabbed home from six metres out in the 91st minute and then Neymar volleyed a second six minutes later to get the five-times world champions up and running in their pursuit of a sixth title.
Brazil were poor in the first half but pressed for goals in more urgent second period. However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas was in fine form.
The result takes Brazil to the top of Group E with four points, while Costa Rica have none and therefore exit the competition.
Neymar thought he had a penalty with 13 minutes remaining when the referee awarded a spot-kick, then changed his decision after a video assistant referee (VAR) review and adjudging he dived.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.